10 Lists to Muse About When Starting the New Year
Note: Many thanks to The Muse career website for the list ideas.
Our work is centered on giving people the intellectual tools they need to engage more fully in their work, and focus on achieving great things using enhanced leadership and collaborative skills.
Part of that personal leadership mindset is using mental or physical structures to keep you organized and focused on what’s important.
We found a batch of lists recently that looked like they would help achieve greater productivity through organization and focus.
Let us know if you find one or more of these ideas intriguing, and if you try them out, report back on how they helped:
10 Innovative Ideas Off the Top of Your Head
The Muse blogger shared this idea from Muse Master Coach John Gannon:
“Start each day by writing down 10 ideas you have about a specific subject—something related to your job, an industry trend, whatever. As he writes, ‘[Entrepreneur James Altucher] says that if you generate 10 ideas a day, every day, for six months straight that you will become an ‘Idea Machine’—someone who can come up with great ideas in any situation about any topic. And you can use these ideas for your own benefit, or send the list to someone who could use them—whether that’s your boss, another team at work, or a friend.”
We like this ongoing mental challenge as a great thinking exercise to engage yourself more deeply in your work, and plan to use it ourselves to kick off 2016.
People You Should Know to Get Ahead
Create a focused target list of people who would make great mentors who could help you develop the skills and mindsets you need to progress in your career or personal life. Put a plan in place to make those connections and successfully recruit them to join your network. Then make another focused list of people who would make useful connections, if not mentors. Get all these people on your calendar to spend time with in Q1!
What Do You Want to Have Happen in 2016?
Reframe New Year resolutions in a fresh way: What do you want to happen in the next year? include both work-related goals and personal goals.
What You Want to Leave Behind in 2016?
You have bad habits you should replace with good habits, work responsibilities you’d like to trade for more advanced tasks, relationships that might need de-emphasizing as distractions or energy drains. Use this list as a reminder that your time and energy is better spent elsewhere.
Your Biggest Accomplishments
Make a list of 10 things you accomplished in 2015 that you’re rightly proud of. Add a new accomplishment to the list whenever you want in 2016. It’s a great way to keep your talents at the front of your mind, even when others are harping on less positive events.
What You’re Grateful For
There are benefits to regularly appreciating the things you’re thankful for. And use the list to remind yourself to express that appreciation occasionally to those who make them possible!
Things You Do Better Than Most People
The Muse gets this idea from writer Minda Zetlin:
“Create a list of “your core competencies, the things you can build your success on. This has several benefits (other than a confidence boost). For starters, it’ll help you really focus on what sets you apart from others at work. It’s also a good gut check—if you realize that your current job rarely lets you utilize your top skills and abilities, it might be time to talk to your boss and mentors about making a change.
Things You Want to Try
This follows along with the previous list, and could be part of it. If you want to make a change, you need to have an idea about what that change might be. And if you have put some thought into this list, taking the steps to make the change happen will be easier.
There are times you have a few minutes to spare—for instance when you are waiting for a meeting to start. Use an ongoing list to help you make it a habit to fill those moments productively. Here’s a starter list you can build from. Note: Cease these activities the moment the meeting starts or the expected phone call arrives!
A “Not Right Now” List
As entrepreneur Frank Addante writes for Inc.: “It’s a list on which you put things that you don’t have time to work on right now, but you don’t want to take off your To-Do list. As the adage says, ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ If you unclutter your mind, you’ll be more effective in getting things done.”
If you need help accelerating the adoption of these sorts of productive mindsets within yourself or your team, let us know. These challenges are what we live for at Bovo-Tighe!